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    Manual vs Auto....for an occasional watch

    MANUAL vs AUTO.
    if a watch will get less wrist time, just weekends and some casual evenings. lets say in total twice a week or so. is it better (for the watch) to get a manual or an automatic. No winder and won't be winding it regularly. Would wind only before wearing it. So basically it might sit 'asleep' for 3-4 days a week. Manual vs auto in such a situation?
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    Re: Manual vs Auto....for an occasional watch

    i think auto would be more convenient in this case...
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    Re: Manual vs Auto....for an occasional watch

    I'd go hand wind for occasional use.
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    Re: Manual vs Auto....for an occasional watch

    Well, handwind seems the appropriate choice, because autos are going to run down. But good hand-winds are hard to find, in general, or should I say that there are just more autos out there. So go for a hand-wind, or an auto that can also handwind--like anything with an ETA 2824, or anything with most Sea-Gull movements. Some of the newer Orients and Seikos also handwind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Perdendosi View Post
    Well, handwind seems the appropriate choice, because autos are going to run down. But good hand-winds are hard to find, in general, or should I say that there are just more autos out there. So go for a hand-wind, or an auto that can also handwind--like anything with an ETA 2824, or anything with most Sea-Gull movements. Some of the newer Orients and Seikos also handwind.
    +1. Hand-wind. No date.
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    Re: Manual vs Auto....for an occasional watch

    Makes no difference whatsoever. The watches don't care.
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    Re: Manual vs Auto....for an occasional watch

    Manual or Automatic... doesn't make any difference in my mind, as long as it (if you get an automatic) can be hand wound so you can give it a good charge after it has run down each time.

    In my opinion (if it's for occasional use), the biggest hassle will be re-setting the complications each time. At most, get something with date only, but ideally a 'no-complication' watch would be best so you can simply wind it, set the time, and be on your way. Something like an Omega Speedmaster Professional would be perfect.
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    Re: Manual vs Auto....for an occasional watch

    If you're not going to be winding it in the interim even if it's a manual, then it doesn't matter. Complications are the real issue. Make sure it's no-date or has quick-set date.
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    Re: Manual vs Auto....for an occasional watch

    Agreed, it doesn't matter much since either way you have to set the time. Automatic might be better because then you just need to give it a shake to get it started up again.

    I ordered an MK II Nassau for a very similar wear pattern as you've described, and I think a no-date automatic like that is the way to go.

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    Re: Manual vs Auto....for an occasional watch

    If you're not using a winder it doesn't really matter. I'd keep the complications at a minimum if you aren't wearing it daily or using a winder.

    I have a Longines Master Collection Moonphase Chronograph and it's a real bear to set all of them (6 complications in total) when I decide to wear it for the day.

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